of Tokugawa Ieysu and his consort Saigo. This was shortly before Lady Tsukiyama who was Ieysu's official wife and Tokugawa Their son Tokugawa Nobuyasu were executed for suspicion of trying to assassinate Oda Nobunga who was Nobuyasu's father-in-law and Ieyasu's ally. This was in part with the desire to strengthen Ieysu’s support of Nobunga.
Lady Saigo fell ill and died at Senpu Castle in 1589. In 1590 Toyotomi Hideyoshi who was the new ruler of Japan enlisted Ieysu and many others to attack the Hojo Clan. Though since the Tokugawa and Hojo clans had been under friendly terms Toyotomi Hideyoshi took Nagamaru who would assume the name Hidetada after Hideyoshi would preside over his coming of age ceremony.
Hidetada would be named heir to the Tokugawa family due to being the oldest surviving child. In 1593, Hidetada returned to his father's side.
Hideyoshi created a group of 5 regents due to knowing he would die before his son came of age. One of which was Tokugawa Ieysu Hideyoshi hoped that the inherent rivalry would prevent any from taking the forefront. Though when Hideyori became nominal leader after the passing of his father in 1598 the regents forgot their vows and started Vying for control with Ieysu being the most powerful. With an Eastern faction forming around Ieysu and a western faction following Ishida Mitsunari. Culminating in the Battle of Sekigahara, which would set the stage for Tokugawa rule.
In 1603 the emperor granted ieysu the position of Shogun which Iesyu would soon abdicate in 1605 in favor his son to prevent the same fate that befell the reigns of Nobunga and Hideyoshi. Hidetada would then assume the shogunate though Ieysu would still hold most power till he died in 1616.
After becoming shogun Hedetada would marry a member of the Oda family oeya family and they would have Tokugawa Iemitsu and Tokugawa Tadanaga and two daughters Sen hime, and Kazuko. 1612, Hidetada engineered a marriage between Sen, Ieyasu's favorite granddaughter, and Toyotomi Hideyori much to ieysu's dismay.Though sadly this would not quell Hideyori's desires so Hidetada and Ieysu attacked Osaka. though they could not agree on the method Ieysu desired a more conservative approach while hidetada wanted a more direct approach with Hidetada winning. They seiged the castle with Hideyori’s and his mother committing suicide. Even Hideyori's infant son (Kunimatsu), grandson of Hidetada, was not spared. Ieyasu never forgave Hidetada for this loss. Only Sen was spared; she later re-married and had a new family.
The city of Edo was developed heavily under his reign.
In 1623 Hidetada resigned in favor of his son and like his father before him held effective power. Hidetada essentially went to war against Christians banning Christian books. Forced Christian daimyo's to commit suicide and either killed or banished to Nagasaki in 1628 55 both foreign and Japanese Christians that would not renounce it.
Ogosho Hidetada died in Kan'ei 9, on the 24th day of the 1st month (1632).
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